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Foothills Uncovered: Amritsar, Dharamshala & Shimla

12 days from £2,850pp

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Itinerary highlights

  • Visit the Golden Temple for the nightly religious ceremony.

  • Experience the Closing the Border ceremony between India and Pakistan.

  • Visit the Dalai Lama's residence.

  • Ride on the 'Toy Train' to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shimla.

  • Get a taste of British Raj in Shimla.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Amritsar
  • Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj
  • Pragpur
  • Shimla
  • Delhi

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Amritsar.

Day 2 Amritsar


Arriving into Amritsar today, meet an Audley representative before being introduced to your private driver who will accompany you for the duration of your trip. You will be driven to your hotel and have some time to relax and recover from the flight. This evening, head to the Golden Temple to see the impressive ceremony which puts the Holy Book to bed with a private guide.

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Day 3 Amritsar


Discover Amritsar and the Golden Temple today with your local and knowledgeable guide. The Golden Temple is surrounded by a water tank, the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar gets its name. Believed to have healing powers, you can see pilgrims who have often travelled many miles bathing in the lake. Later this afternoon drive 45 minutes to the border with Pakistan to enjoy the fantastic Closing of the Border Ceremony.

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Day 4 Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj

Amritsar , Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj

You have a five to six hour drive to Dharamshala today; the road conditions can be very poor but your driver is able to suggest places to stop along the way for refreshments. It's a particularly scenic drive, and always a wonderful moment the first time you see the Himalaya peeking above the skyline.


Day 5 Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj

Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj

Explore Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj today with your local guide on a private tour. In the area you will notice the Tibetan population and vibrantly robed monks, making it feel like another country. The Tsuglagkhang Complex is particularly fascinating, home to the Dalai Lama and the Namgyal Monastery. Your guide can explain the complex history of Tibetan refugees arriving across the border with Tibet, as well as a visit to the Tibet Museum (which does have irregular opening hours so not always possible).


Day 6 Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj

Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj

Trek in the region of Dharamshala today, discussing with your guide the type of walk you'd like dependent on your interests. The 8 km (5 miles) Triund Trek is a scenic choice - but quite steep so best discussed with your guide beforehand.


Day 7 Pragpur

Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj , Pragpur

You have a couple of hours in the car today as you head to the heritage village of Pragpur. Sadly much of it is in a bad state of disrepair, but do wander through the street, meet the people and enjoy the peace. The hotel gardens are also beautiful to relax in.

Day 8 Shimla

Pragpur , Shimla

A five to six hour journey to Shimla today with your private driver, passing some great vistas. On arrival, take some time to relax at your hotel. It's well located on one end of the (pedestrianism) Mall Road where you can safely explore. You might like to head out in the evening as the shops and restaurants stay open late.

Day 9 Shimla


Today enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Shimla while your guide tells you some of its interesting history. You can also visit the Viceregal Lodge. This afternoon you have the opportunity to spend some time on the famous 'Toy Train'. A variety of tickets are on offer and your specialist will be able to suggest the best choice for you.

Day 10 Shimla


Today is at your leisure. Explore Shimla further, independently, or take a taxi up to Wildflower Hall for some pretty woodland hill walks, or afternoon tea in the dining room.

Day 11 Delhi

Shimla , Kalka , Delhi

Today travel by road and rail, via Kalka, to Delhi. A full day's travel, there are a few different journey options back to Delhi depending on your preferences. Arriving late in the evening you're met on the platform by an Audley representative and transferred to your accommodation, which is well located for easy access to the airport tomorrow.

Day 12 International return flight

Delhi , International return flight

This morning you will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport by private transfer to catch your onwards flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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